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making news in america this morning, breaking news, heavy damage as a powerful storm system rolls through texas overnight damaging dozens of homes. that as another round of heavy rain soaks the already saturated west coast. both areas could see further destruction today. the forecast coming up. also president trump taking on some serious issues including a new version of his travel ban. he's also working on naming his new national security adviser. another busy week in washington is getting under way right now. caught by surprise while in a gas station convenience store, wait till you see this video. this guy never saw it coming. and defense optional, the nba's top talent puts on a high-flying, high-scoring, record-setting all-star game.
and good morning to you. i'm gio benitez. >> and i'm adrienne bankert. diane and kendis are off today. we begin with that breaking news from texas. severe storms hitting the middle of the night. >> that's right. take a look at this radar right now. you can see that powerful storm system stretching across the entire state bringing strong winds and rain and lots of lightning. >> and those storms have already caused extensive damage. more than 100 homes in the san antonio area have been torn apart by what's believed to be a tornado. several buildings are also catching on fire and reports of roofs ripped off or collapsing. >> several people have been injured and some residents are now in emergency shelters. the strong winds also knocked down trees and power lines. more tornadoes and flooding are also possible in the next few hours, so we'll keep watching that. as those storms tear across texas, another powerful system
is hitting the west coast. it's taking special aim at already waterlogged northern california. some areas there could get as much as 5 inches of rain. residents have been told to be ready to evacuate on short notice. >> there's already a voluntary evacuation order in maxwell, california. that's north of sacramento. mountain runoff has overwhelmed a creek there causing flooding and last week's storm is taking a toll on california roadways with potholes, massive sinkholes and erosion. the outer lane of interstate 15 through the cajon pass gave way dumping this fire truck. watch that. wow. >> wow. >> luckily, the firefighters all escaped without injury. and engineers spent the weekend beefing up the oroville dam north of sacramento while residents nervously keep an eye on the reservoir's water level, but the canals, streams and rivers in the area are now even bigger a threat. most are at capacity or beyond it, and accuweather's cam tran says those limits are going to be pushed today. she's tracking all of today's weather for us. cam. >> good morning, gio and adrienne.
we are looking at the barrage of storm systems continuing out in the west coast this week with another one moving in right now. another one moving in late tonight into tomorrow, and between the two storm systems, we're looking at over 3 inches of rainfall across the bay area. some locally higher amounts across the central valleys of california and the foothills including the oroville area. now, in the sierras above 7,000 feet, we're talking about a couple feet of snow while in texas it's going to be stormy today, especially southeast texas where we've got flash flood watches in effect. gio and adrienne, back to you. >> all right, cam, thank you. from the weather to washington, we move on to the busy week ahead for the president. one of the prime goals for donald trump, finding a new national security adviser. >> that's right. four men met with the president yesterday at his mar-a-lago estate. he's hoping to announce a replacement for michael flynn before the end of the week. >> all this comes after what became a weekend of confusion in florida. the president seemed to refer to an attack that some say didn't happen. abc's elizabeth hur is here with more. elizabeth. >> reporter: adrienne and gio, good morning and, yes, as you
guys mentioned, president trump has a full plate, but it was his comments, comments about sweden that had the white house scrambling this weekend. president trump ready to get back to work in washington promising to unveil a new version of his travel ban and name a new national security adviser soon. abc news learning the president met with at least four possible replacements in florida on sunday after michael flynn was forced to resign. a busy week ahead for the president whose baffling comments over the weekend sparked a firestorm of questions. >> you look at what's happening in germany. you look at what's happening last night in sweden. sweden, who would believe this? >> reporter: president trump at a campaign rally on saturday talking about an incident in sweden that never happened. >> sweden, they took in large numbers. they're having problems like they never thought possible. >> reporter: in response the former swedish prime minister
tweeted, sweden? terror attack? what has he been smoking? questions abound. the white house later explained the president was talking about rising crime and recent incidents in general and not referring to a specific incident that the president was actually referencing a news report he had seen the night before. [ chanting ] >> reporter: meanwhile, across the country for the fifth straight weekend, protesters took over the streets. in new york, former trump friend and music mogul russell simmons even led a rally called i am a muslim too. >> this is not an anti-trump rally in my estimation. i read that, but it's certainly not. it's the policies and the choices that he's made. >> reporter: and today thousands more are expected to protest the president's policies and choices in dozens of cities nationwide calling today's rally not my presidents' day. gio. >> all right, abc's elizabeth
hur with us this morning. thank you, elizabeth. criticizing the trump administration has cost a national security council aide his job. craig deare led the council's western hemisphere division until friday, and that's when he was fired, days after making critical comments about the president's policies and some of his advisers during a private speech. deare was appointed to the nsc post last month. and as we await the president's revised immigration ban, a growing number of refugees are fleeing the u.s. for canada. at least 22 people were caught crossing illegally into canada over the weekend. two conservative canadian politicians are calling on the government to stop the illegal crossings. we have some breaking news for you overnight. defense secretary jim mattis is now in baghdad for an unannounced visit. he's expected to reassure the iraqis that the u.s. does not intend to seize iraqi oil, an idea that president trump has mentioned. mattis also tells reporters that the president's new immigration ban is likely to make an
exception for iraqis who have participated in the battle against isis. that battle is at a new stage now with iraqi forces again advancing on mosul. isis still holds half of iraq's second largest city. the iraqi government forces are getting air support from the u.s.-led coalition. liberating the rest of mosul is certainly not going to be easy. the streets are narrow and hard to maneuver around. and there are still hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped in their homes. all right, adrienne, and the aircraft carrier "uss carl vinson" is now patrolling the south china sea amid growing tension there. it's where china has created man-made islands and even installed military weapons. the navy described its presence as routine. just last week china warned the u.s. against challenging its sovereignty in that region. vice president mike pence wraps up his first official trip overseas today in brussels. the vice president along with
his wife and daughter visited a nazi concentration camp near munich on sunday. the pences placed a wreath beneath the international memorial at the center of the camp. more than 200,000 people were held at dachau, and about 40,000 died there. another historic launch at the kennedy space center. a spacex rocket blasts into space from the same launchpad used by nasa for moon shots. this rocket is carrying supplies to the iss. it was spacex's first liftoff from florida since a rocket explosion last summer. >> and not only was that launch successful, its leftover booster landed back at cape canaveral instead of falling into the sea like in the past, and that means, guess what, it's ready to be used again. >> nice. very convenient. >> very cool, yeah. and still ahead right here on "america this morning," the new entertainment option possibly coming to your smartphone. plus, new details about the assassination of the north korean leader's half brother and some new diplomatic fallout from the incident. then the weekend mansion inferno.
the pilot of this small plane is recovering after crashing into a new jersey neighborhood barely missing several homes. look at that right there. the victim was pulled from the wreckage and is hospitalized in stable condition right now. nobody on the ground was hurt but four cars were either destroyed or damaged. overseas now and new details about the assassination of north korean dictator kim jong-un's brother. surveillance video appears to show the careful and deliberate attack last week at the airport in malaysia. kim jong-nam died on the way to the hospital after apparently being poisoned. both women seen in the video are under arrest. four other men are now wanted. and today there's new diplomatic fallout. malaysia has recalled its ambassador to north korea.
the north koreans have criticized the investigation calling it politically motivated. >> that's just an incredible story, isn't it? >> crazy. a consumer alert this morning now for anyone with a home security system. it could actually be making you less secure. hackers are finding it increasingly easy to break into wireless home security cameras. too many people are just failing to change the default passwords that come with the systems or they're just choosing their passwords that they're just going to be too easy to guess. the result could be every move you and your family makes being streamed on the web 24/7. >> we have security cameras to protect them, and i feel like i failed. people are watching my kids in their home dressing, sleeping, playing. it's a parent's worst nightmare. >> i bet, and experts recommend you pick a hard to guess password and then change it at least every six months to make your system more secure. so, not 1234. >> yeah, please, make something that's complicated and then change it often. the fcc wants to make it
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shelves, look at that, when a minivan crashed into a convenience store in the bronx. the victim disappears from sight as food and merchandise tumble on top of him, but incredibly he's going to be okay. >> that is just wild video. now for a look at morning road conditions for you. drivers are likely to face hazardous conditions in south texas and along the western gulf coast and wet roads northward all the way to the canadian border. flooded roads are likely along much of the west coast with snow in the mountains. if you're flying airport delays are most likely in san francisco, houston, dallas and minneapolis. now there are some new developments in that search for whoever killed two teenage girls in indiana. >> that's right. police are looking for this man right there who was photographed on a nature trail around the same time the girls disappeared. police say he is suspected of participating in the girls' murder. the bodies of liberty german and abigail williams were found nearly a week ago near a creek. they never returned home from a hiking trip. >> such a sad story.
investigators in the washington, d.c. suburbs are trying to figure out what sparked a huge fire that destroyed a multimillion dollar mansion. >> that's right. efforts to put out the fire were hampered by a lack of hydrants nearby. it's a problem neighbors say they've complained about before. here's abc's linsey davis. >> fire has gone through the roof. >> sounds like propane let loose in the house. >> reporter: a massive inferno at this multimillion dollar virginia mansion. >> they were very shaken. it was amazing how quickly it just spread throughout the house. >> reporter: but now a disturbing detail about just what helped that fire rage for so long. crews battled for more than 12 hours to put it out. >> i have no water. >> unable to supply at this time. >> i'm going to have to shut you down until i get water. >> reporter: precious time was lost trying to hook up water from the only fire hydrant in this neighborhood of expensive homes reportedly about a five-minute walk away from the home. >> the neighborhood does have additional complexities. there are no fire drans nearby
so we had to bring additional tankers in. >> reporter: linsey davis, abc news, new york. three kayakers are safe this morning after a dramatic rescue in northern california. strong winds and currents had made it impossible for them to return from an overnight camping trip or even go back to their campsite. the three men called 911 for help. and, adrienne, at least three people were injured during an accident at a florida speedway. a car flipped from the track during a race, crashed through a fence and landed in a crowd of people. all three of those injured were transported to the hospital. it's the second time a car has flipped from the track in about a week. now, the nba doesn't resume until thursday. last night the league held its all-star game. >> two words for you, no defense. highlights from our guys at espn. >> good morning, america. with john buccigross, i'm steve levy. the nba trade deadline is thursday at 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon. >> oh. >> and there was a major trade made late last night while you were in bed. >> he was traded from sacramento to new orleans.
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rollerblad rollerblades. it was all over the place. unnerving and unsettling. let's see what's going on as far as the heavier rain. it is in the east bay, highway 4 corridor and also right around san francisco and heading to albany. it is all coming in from the west. we may get a lull the next couple of hours. steady rain. heavier rain will come in, another round, from midday into the evening hours. we'll go from breezy to windy conditions. the damage potential is much greater than what we're dealing with right now. >> not morning. the bay bridge toll plaza, one of the many bridges with a high wind advisory. we have the san mateo bridge and dumbarton bridge. i drove across the bay bridge, one of the worst drives across it this season. really nasty. here's one of the many crashes. southbound 880 near 980, a
spinout crash. the two left lanes are blocked. this is one of 32 issues. i'll talk about more in less than ten. >> the water ways rise. >> communities facing flooding can't take a holiday from the anxiety a morning of hard rain brings. we're live in east palo alto. >> reggie, you can hear and see this creek below us here at east bay shore boulevard. the creek often floods when debris gets trapped under this bridge. here's how people are preparing for this morning's storm. east palo alto workers used sandbags to make the roads a little smoother. all the rainfall has taken a toll on roads and highways with erosion and potholes. >> have drainage pitditches but can't handle the amount of water going through so we put these out. the traffic and heavy trucks, try to keep it packed down and
solid. >> but it is going to take more than sandbags to fix this section of the near al pipine road, the road i eroding. there is a ten-foot drop and residents fear the worst may happen with that. back here live on the bridge, there is construction going on. we don't know whether this is weather-related. below us is this creek that runs through several mobile home parks. in the past, they've advised people to keep an eye on it for levels. as of right now, we can see the rain is coming down and it is flowing steadily. live in east pa lolo abc 7 news. >> check out how residents are bracing for the storm. sandbags. keeping an eye on the creek as the current quickens. you can see the flood